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Final: Blazers Burn the Spurs, 109-100

The Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs played a barn-burner tonight, as you'd expect with two elite teams. The Blazers hit the big shots in the fourth while shutting down the Spurs, in the process getting their biggest win of the season.

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The Blazers were led by LaMarcus Aldridge's 26 points and 13 rebounds and Damian Lillard's 21 points and 8 assists. Oh, and Wesley Matthews, who had two huge game-clinching three-pointers, and finished with 24 points on 6-7 from downtown.

Box Score

First Half: San Antonio came out on fire, like a lot of Blazer opponents. They shot 70% early and easily pulled ahead. However, Portland fought back, forcing the ball inside instead of firing from deep. It was effective, as they kept the game tied at the end of the first quarter. They kept up the inside pressure in a chippy second quarter, pulled ahead of San Antonio and maintaining a slight advantage for most of the half. Each time the Spurs got close, Portland had an answer. And San Antonio's hot shooting was a distant memory. Only a Boris Diaw floater at the buzzer kept the Spurs within 5.

Portland 54, San Antonio 49

YOU WANT A FOUL? YOU WANT A FOUL? FOULS FOR EVERYONE! The Refs are so giving tonight.
by RockemSockem07

Third Quarter: The Blazers quickly pulled ahead by 8 as the Spurs continued to miss, and when Matthews flew by the Spurs team for a fast-break layup, the lead reached 10 and the Spurs called timeout. And Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich let the refs know his displeasure during the timeout. Repeatedly. So much, in fact, that he was tossed from the game during the break:

As expected, the Spurs made a run afterward, right as Portland's shots stopped falling. A related factor, San Antonio was called for their first foul with 2:38 left in the quarter... Portland was long since in the penalty. And this was a chippy game. As the Blazers brought in the bench, Manu Ginobili closed the lead to 3 points, then got CJ McCollum to commit a foul on a three-pointer, using free throws to cut the lead to 2. Another Ginobili three-pointer cut the lead to one. Then, as the quarter rolled down, Ginobili tossed up a layup that sat on the rim as the buzzer sounded... and fell in the hoop, completing his 20 point quarter to give San Antonio the lead.

San Antonio 78, Portland 77

We've got them right where we want them.
by Timmay! on Jan 17, 2014 | 7:13 PM [I earned this quote, dang it!]

Fourth Quarter: San Antonio jumped ahead by four, as Portland couldn't hit a shot, and were called for foul after foul after foul. At one point, the referee even visibly said "my bad" on camera after calling a foul on Portland. After that, they called another foul on Portland. They were immediately in the penalty. The Spurs led by 5 after a Patty Mills flop led to free throws. But after all this, Aldridge hit a turnaround jumper to give the Blazers the lead at the halfway point. Mills pushed off and was called for a foul, the Spurs' fourth foul in the entire second half. In response, Aldridge beat his defender in the post for a layup. A Matthews three-pointer made it a 4 point lead. The teams trade buckets, and Portland called timeout, still up 4 with 2:52 left in the game.

Out of the timeout, Matthews got open for three. Swish. But at the end, Marco Belinelli got it right back. Batum responded with a drive and layup for a 6 point Blazer lead. Belinelli shot another three-pointer in response... but it missed! With 1:45 left, the Blazers went to Aldridge... who passed out for the around-the-horn sequence to Matthews for three... swish! The Blazers led by 9 with 1:20 left. Duncan hit a layup in response, as the Blazers slowed down the game. Aldridge missed, and Manu passed it to the Spurs... except it wasn't a Spur, it was a ref with a very similar-colored shirt! Turnover Spurs.

The Spurs fouled Mo Williams, who hit his free throws. And Portland completed its biggest win of the season.

What's Next:

Another game tomorrow night, in Dallas. NOTE: This game was changed from Comcast Sportsnet to KGW tonight. Plan accordingly! Meanwhile, stay tuned for analysis from Dave later.

Gameday Thread Comments of the Night!

# Recs Commenter Comment Link
13 Corvid Go Trail Blazers!!
13 NEPBlazer4life Go Portland Trail Blazers!!!
13 Arby Go Blazers!
12 Corvid Go Blazers!
11 mittsabishy I'll explain the joke
10 randall.adler Start the trip with a W!!
10 Corvid Looks like Jeff Pendergraph/Ayres is starting
10 DonkeyShins Time to mess with Texas
10 Timmay! Reminder that tomorrow night's game has been moved to KGW!
10 KingWes You mean the POP QUIZ!!???
10 Corvid Fah. Just a few seconds slow.
10 Biph pessimist
9 Ilikeemall FLAG...
9 NEPBlazer4life GO BLAZERS!!!
8 JP503 Only in game 1 of the finals when the Blazers make it this year
8 JP503 Go Portland Trail Blazers!!!
8 annthefan Go Trail Blazers!!
8 Norsktroll Sweet, who did we trade Leonard for?
8 JP503 Going to be an extremely tough game
8 bustabucket Go Blazers!
8 Ilikeemall Four GREENS for me!
7 tylercomp REC IT ALL
7 bustabucket Sweet!
7 annthefan Wo0o0o0o0o0o0o0o0o0o0o0o0o0T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
7 bustabucket WoooooooooooooooooooooooooT wOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
7 annthefan Refresh
7 John Rances Wooooo!
7 allthebacon No, it is really funny,
6 annthefan Whoa! GDT suddenly started auto-loading new comments again! HOOOOORAY!!!!!!!!!
6 tylercomp BLAZERS SO GOOD
6 gtbassett LMA in Texas, expect a big game.
6 annthefan refresh
6 hellofromengland I like that idea
5 hellofromengland We should rec party the pre-game
5 Beau & Darrow What's the big deal?
4 Dave Deckard This is weird
4 lillard time Nothing more I want than to win this game right now...
4 KingWes Road kill.
4 bowdown No Parker should really help our cause considering he is the best paint scoring PG and we suck at defending it.
4 SlickRick1987 Wow...the Mo hate in here
4 tylercomp Aldridge always shows up
4 MiledAnimal One more round of that and Timmay's rec chart will be full!
3 Corvid Update: Pop changed his mind
3 lanepete here's hoping we have a nice lead by the time i gotta go to dinner (7)
3 allthebacon No one reads the top anyway;)
3 Corvid News from the twitterverse: Parker WILL play
3 Roadblazer reasonable loss?
3 KingWes Go Cowboys!!!!!
3 mora2 A Nic and Rol play... nice
3 Biph Fun Fact
3 MiledAnimal NO DAVE WHAT ABOUT THE MOV???!!!